PM nominates Farrukh as hospitality minister to receive OIC FMs

Farrukh Habib visits NA hall, inspects facilities for OIC meeting

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan nominated Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib as the Minister of Hospitality to receive Foreign Ministers at the 48th Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) meeting. An important OIC meeting is being held in Islamabad on March 22 and 23, said a news release.

The Foreign Ministers of the member countries will start arriving at the New International Airport Islamabad from Sunday afternoon to attend the OIC Summit. Hospitality Minister Farrukh Habib will welcome the Foreign Ministers of OIC member countries. Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib here on Sunday visited the National Assembly hall to review arrangements for the 48th session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers scheduled to be held on March 22 and 23.

On January 21 a motion was adopted by the National Assembly to allow the exclusive use of its chamber for the 48th session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers.

The minister also visited the main central conference hall, counters made to facilitate the visiting delegates, medical, media centers, and various meeting rooms.

Habib said, “It is a great honor for Pakistan to host the 48th meeting of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers.” He said Pakistan was taking steps to strengthen the OIC platform.

The minister said due to the efforts of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the United Nations had adopted a resolution to observe the International Day against Islamophobia.

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib on Saturday said Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was giving irresponsible statements over the matter of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)’s Foreign Minister conference.

Talking to a private news channel, he said that the dates regarding to hold OIC Foreign Ministers conference were finalized four months ago.

The minister said after 15 years the OIC Foreign Ministers session was going to be held in Pakistan but the opposition was politicking on the matter. The opposition had always given priority to their personal interests rather than national interest as they were habitual for the purpose, he added.

Farrukh Habib said many disgruntled members were in contact with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) for re-joining the government, adding as they were facing people criticism of their constituencies for their decision leaving the party.

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